From Skaftafell

Ice Cave - Only the Brave

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On this amazing tour, you will get to experience in of the most iconic and picturesque features of the glacial landscape, an Ice Cave. As is often the case, the most beautiful places can be difficult to access but if you are up for the challenge, it is absolutely worth it.

Tour code: SKF02

Ice Cave - Only the Brave
Price from: 20.900  ISK

A challenge with a great reward

On this unique day tour, we go off the beaten path to explore a beautiful Ice Cave on an outlet glacier near Skaftafell National Park. Getting to the Ice Cave is challenging, but the reward is equally great.

To get to the Ice Cave, we travel over a stunning outlet glacier, navigating through a labyrinth of high glacial ridges, deep crevasses, and other glacial landscape features.

The tour starts at our Skaftafell Base Camp, right on the campsite by the visitor center, where you will meet your expert glacier guide. Then, after being fitted with all necessary gear, crampons, harness, helmet, and an ice axe, we head to the glacier on our glacier bus.

Getting to the Ice Cave is not easy, but the scenery is out of this world. Getting to the Ice Cave can take up to 2 hours, depending on conditions. Traversing the outlet glaciers of Vatnajökull glacier with its beautiful surroundings is a big part of the experience.

After the Ice Cave exploration, we head back to Skaftafell Base Camp with memories that will last a lifetime.

Please note that ice caves are a natural phenomenon and the conditions can change depending on the weather. Your safety is our first priority so sometimes our tours may be canceled with short notice due to weather conditions or safety concerns. If this happens, we will always do our best to offer you an alternative tour, if weather permits.

Tour Overview

  • Meeting point

    Skaftafell Base (20 min. prior to departure)

    Meeting point

    Our Skaftafell Base Camp is located on the campsite, close to the visitor center.

  • Group size

    Up to 8 per guide

  • On the ice

    4.5 hrs

  • Minimum shoe size

    European 34 (U.S. - 2.5)

  • Language

    English

  • Difficulty

    Challenging

    Difficulty

    Challenging

  • Availability

    All Year

  • Duration

    5.5 hours

  • 16

    Minimum age:

    16 yrs

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Glacier gear
  • Safety equipment

Not Included

  • Rain gear
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm clothing
  • Snacks

Optional Extras

  • Rain gear (jacket or pants)
  • Hiking boots

Tour Map and Itinerary

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Ice Cave - Only the Brave

MAP & ITINERARY

Day Tour

Ice Cave - Only for the Brave: A challenge with a great reward

Ice Cave adventure starts off with meeting your certified glacier guide at the Skaftafell Base Camp.

There, you will be provided with a harness, ice axe, helmet and crampons. After a quick safety briefing, you will head off to the glacier on our glacier bus.

Directions

Skaftafell Base Camp

Driving time
From Reykjavík: 5 hrs
From Vík: 2.5 hrs
From Höfn: 1.5 - 2 hrs

GPS point for Skaftafell
N 64.016217
W -16.966664

Our Welcome Centre in Skaftafell is located in the heart of the camping site, right next to the service center.

The park is by the end of road no. 998 that branches off the main road no. 1

Please be there 20 min before the departure of your tour.

  • Day Tour
  • Directions
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Practical Information

We always recommend to book as soon as you are ready especially if you have a strict travel schedule or a large group. It is easy to change or cancel 24 hours before departure by emailing us ([email protected]). Tours can also be purchased the day of as long as there are spaces available.

There are no official addresses on our meeting points but you can see directions and GPS points if you click the map above.

Unfortunately due to the nature of glaciers we cannot offer hikes to the top of these glaciers outside the hiking season. The season can vary according to weather conditions that year but is usually from April-August

  • Hiking boots that reach over your ankle are a must on our glacier walks.
  • Other clothing should be picked according to weather that day, you will not get much colder on the glacier as on the ground.